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UC Berkeley assistant basketball coach fired in sexual harassment case

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hi-res-e25f82ad793cd5bddbcdde2f426f6049_crop_northBERKELEY, Calif. (Diya TV) — An assistant coach for the Cal men’s basketball team was fired Monday following an investigation into alleged sexual harassment. It’s the second time in as many weeks the university has been embattled in the scandal of sexual harassment — last week, the university announced law school dean Sujit Choudhry would resign amid the accusations of sexual harassment in a recently filed lawsuit.

University investigators concluded after a probe which lasted several months that assistant basketball coach Yann Hufnagel, who joined the school’s coaching staff two years ago, had violated the school’s anti-sexual harassment policy. Details of the said allegations are yet to be released. Before joining Cal’s coaching staff, Hufnagel served one season as an assistant at Vanderbilt University, and for the four previous seasons at Harvard in the same capacity.

The announcement comes one day after Cal and head coach Cuonzo Martin were seeded No. 4 in the South region for Friday’s upcoming NCAA tournament — the highest ranking in school history. The Bears will play No. 13 ranked Hawaii in their first game on Friday in Spokane, Washington. Martin fired Hufnagel after receiving a report from the Office for the Prevention of Harassment.

“You’re talking about a guy that’s a part of your staff, a family member,” Martin said in a teleconference with reporters late Monday morning. “You continue to push forward. There are always bumps in the road. … It’s not an easy thing, but we’ll find our way.”

Monday morning, the school’s athletics department released a statement that, “effective immediately, Hufnagel has been relieved of his duties pending the outcome of the termination process and will not be traveling with the team during its NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament run.”

Hufnagel could not be reached for comment, however, he tweeted: “Right now, the only focus should be on our basketball team! My time to exonerate myself of a fruitless claim by a reporter will come.”

Hufnagel has been credited with the development of former Crimson standout Jeremy Lin, who now plays for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. In its 2012-13 College Basketball Preview, CBS Sports named Hufnagel one of its nine “Dream Team” assistant coaches.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Houston cop Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal remembered, fund set up for family

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) —  The loss of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal while on a routine traffic stop has stunned people around the country. Everyone from Texas governor Greg Abbott to the Houston Texans football team are honoring the Dhaliwal. A GoFundMe page has been setup to support his family, with totals so far in excess of $700,000.

Before Prime Minister Modi headed back to India following his Houston community summit & UN speeches, he met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The Hawaii Congresswoman & Democratic Presidential candidate has been criticized for her support of Modi. But she was happy to highlight the importance of the US-India relationship on Twitter.

The NBA is in India this week for their first-ever preseason games that will feature the Indiana Pacers & Sacramento Kings. The Gateway of India was illuminated with bright colors & there are a series of events in and around the games going on in Delhi & Mumbai.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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